Category Archives: monoskiing

Shamed by Mono

If all those who had ever been passed by a monoskier were shamed into wearing balaclavas like Yo here, Chamonix would look like a city of bank robbers…

…but I’ll gladly join him in the brotherhood of the balaclava as long as I never (OK, perhaps occasionally) have to endure the humiliation of the butt wiggle.

Muchas gracias to alert reader Iker Aguirre for the heads up!

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Lions in Winter – TeCrew Summits & Skis Satopanth

Florent, Remi and Alex on the summit of Satopanth.

Great news from TeCrew’s Suraksita Yatra Expedition – SUMMIT!!!!

The crew are back in Delhi after three weeks in the Garhwal Himalaya of India.

Satopanth (7075m), Garhwal Himalaya

During that time Florent Gex, Remi Peschier and Alex Marchesseau pulled off the first winter ascent, the first ski descent, and the first monoski descent of 7075m Satopanth.

“Nous sommes tres heureux, on a bien maigri et on soigne nos doigts qui ont souffert du froid.”

Florent, Remi and Alex will soon be leaving Delhi and head south to Mount Abu in Rajasthan for the second part of their project. And if you’re wondering what happened to Romain whom we initially reported as being a part of the expedition, he was unable to make the trip due to visa problems.

Envoi du gros!

Chamonix’s Te Crew Off For a Hot Cuppa Alpine Altruism in India

Chamonix Te Crew

Satopanth, Garhwal Himalaya

Chamonix’s Te Crew has headed out for a two-month expedition to India. The team includes Alex Marchesseau, Florent Gex, Remi Peschier and Romain Aubrun.

Chamonix Te Crew

Alex Marchesseau

The team’s mission is two-fold, first of which is a ski and monoski descent of the 55˚ northwest arête of 7075m Satopanth in the Garhwal Himalaya. The expedition involves (got your Google Earth ready?) a 3-day approach from the village of Gangotri (3000m) up the Gangotri glacier, past Shivling to their base camp at 4800 meters. From there they will place Camp 1 at 5500m, C2 at 6000m and C3 at 6400m.

Chamonix Te Crew

Florent Gex

The second half of the expedition is to head south to the Mt Abu climbing school in Rajasthan with a load of climbing gear. Their goal is to contribute the gear and their efforts to the climbing school which helps underprivileged children from Mumbai’s suburbs.

After traveling in several third world countries, Te Crew is re-interpreting the idea of expeditions in third world countries and it is

Chamonix Te Crew

Remi Peschier

their plan to do their best to help improve living conditions in the countries that welcome them. Nice one, gents.

Satopanth is located in Gangotri National Park near the western border of Nepal. Apparently it’s the source of the Ganges river – cool.

Mount Abu (1722m) is in the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary in southern Rajasthan about

Chamonix Te Crew

Romain Aubrun

100 km west of Udaipur. It is a highly-symbolic place where Hindus go to pray at the many temples.

Te Crew is an organization of young Chamoniards who are passionate about all things alpine. Their purpose is to help young people achieve their alpine objectives and to look beyond their cultural horizons.

Garhwal HimalayaThe crew plans to be back in Chamonix on November 7th. Follow their blog at http://www.suraksitayatra.blogspot.com/.

Shout out to Millet for their continued support of Te Crew.

Dreaming in Mono

Apparently, this daring maneuver is called The Full Out. Quite appropriate, I'd say.

So when I read in the most recent issue of Altus magazine about how cool monoskiing is I have to admit that I had my doubts. I mean, when you combine the worst qualities of skiing and snowboarding and add a touch of snowlerblading style you end up with monoskiing, right?

Well thanks to alert reader, The Dawg, who forwarded the link to the video below, I have doubts no more. Dreaming in Mono is a brilliant web series directed by Jens Jonsson (King of Ping Pong) and produced by McDonald’s in, I must admit, a surprisingly creative attempt to sell more burgers. And while I’m wondering about the success they’re having towards that end, I have to say that making this hidden gem has given me a lot more appreciation for their marketing acumen than Ronald McDonald ever did.